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How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership

How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership (Hardback)

By Plutarch
Edited by Beneker, Jeffrey

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Timeless advice on how to be a successful leader in any field The ancient biographer and essayist Plutarch thought deeply about the leadership qualities of the eminent Greeks and Romans he profiled in his famous-and massive-Lives, including politicians and generals such as Pericl... read full description below.

ISBN 9780691192116
Barcode 9780691192116
Published 15 October 2019
Format Hardback
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Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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ISBN-13 9780691192116
ISBN-10 0691192111
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 15 October 2019
International Release Date 5 November 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Plutarch
Edited by Beneker, Jeffrey
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Western philosophy
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Social & Political Philosophy
Self-Help & Practical Interests
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 114mm
Height: 171mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Plutarch, Leadership
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 873.01
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Timeless advice on how to be a successful leader in any field The ancient biographer and essayist Plutarch thought deeply about the leadership qualities of the eminent Greeks and Romans he profiled in his famous-and massive-Lives, including politicians and generals such as Pericles, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Luckily for us, Plutarch distilled what he learned about wise leadership in a handful of essays, which are filled with essential lessons for experienced and aspiring leaders in any field today. In How to Be a Leader, Jefferey Beneker presents the most important of these essays in lively new translations accompanied by an enlightening introduction, informative notes, and the original Greek on facing pages. In To an Uneducated Leader, How to Be a Good Leader, and Should an Old Man Engage in Politics? Plutarch explains the characteristics of successful leaders, from being guided by reason and exercising self-control to being free from envy and the love of power, illustrating his points with memorable examples drawn from legendary Greco-Roman lives. He also explains how to train for leadership, persuade and deal with colleagues, manage one's career, and much more. Writing at the height of the Roman Empire, Plutarch suggested that people should pursue positions of leadership only if they are motivated by judgment and reason -not rashly inspired by the vain pursuit of glory, a sense of rivalry, or a lack of other meaningful activities. His wise counsel remains as relevant as ever.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review These writings of Plutarch are surprisingly relevant to political life in twenty-first-century democracies and deserve to be better known. How to Be a Leader brings these works to modern readers in an accessible way. -Timothy Duff, University of Reading
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jeffrey Beneker is professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of The Passionate Statesman: Eros and Politics in Plutarch's Lives. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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